Rescue plan

Local Municipalities Receive Second American Rescue Plan Act Payment This Summer

On July 22, 2022, Governor Kathy Hochul announced that funds would be provided to local governments in New York State to “help strengthen their pandemic response infrastructure.”

“The announcement is part of the state’s ongoing preparedness efforts to address any potential pandemic-related surges this fall and winter. This financial support is made possible by the Coronavirus Local Fiscal Recovery Fund, part of the American Rescue Plan Act, which provides relief to small local governments that have participated in the public health response,” reads a July 22 press release. .

“We have been able to move forward safely through this pandemic thanks to our close coordination with our partners at all levels of local government,” Governor Hochul said in the same press release. “I want to thank Sens. Schumer and Gillibrand and our Congressional delegation for their assistance in securing this critical funding, which will help cities and towns across New York State meet pandemic-related needs and provide essential services. As we respond to new variants and anticipate any potential increases this fall, this is yet another step we are taking to bolster our preparedness efforts and we will continue to work with local partners to keep New Yorkers safe.

Senator Chuck Schumer said, “After battling this pandemic on the front lines, New York’s counties, cities and towns have been clear and clear: they need help and strong federal funding to strengthen public health, keep front-line workers at work, prevent sudden cuts in services. , and make long overdue investments in infrastructure to jump-start their recovery.

“As Majority Leader, I was proud to make state and local funding my top priority in the US bailout, and now over $380 million more in well-deserved relief will continue to flow to governments. New York locals to create and save good-paying jobs, fix our water infrastructure, boost broadband, breathe new life into our main streets, and help our communities build back stronger than before.

Community levels

Wyoming, Erie, and Cattaraugus counties are all currently at low community level status.

In the United States, 1,353 (41.98%) counties are labeled as high, 1,212 (37.6%) are medium, and 658 (20.42%) are low.


As of July 24, 2022 – data taken from NYSDOH COVID-19 Tracker, county and CDC press releases. Death data is compiled by the New York State Department of Health and includes only deaths reported by hospitals, nursing homes and adult care facilities.

United States: The number of positive cases in the country increased by around 905,423 last week. This is a notable increase from last week’s data. The total is now 89,972,868. The death total has risen to 1,021,546; 2,968 people died from COVID-19 during the same period, which is also an increase. There are currently 36,622 COVID-19 hospitalizations in the United States, which is a very notable increase from last week’s data.

New York State: The total number of positive COVID-19 cases in New York State has risen to 5,721,170, an increase of 41,954 over the past week. The total number of deaths is now 56,894; 134 people died from COVID-19 last week.

Erie County: 967 positive cases last week brought the total to 240,844 in Erie County. Four deaths were reported in Erie County during the same period; the total is now 2,707.

Cattaraugus County: The total number of positive cases is now 17,058, an increase of 61 from last week. The total of deaths remains at 226.

Reinfection data by region:

As of July 20, 2022:

WNY: A total of 15,885 reinfection cases have been reported in Western New York, which means 500 people were reinfected in the past week.

Southern Tier: In the Southern Tier, 185 people were re-infected last week; the total number of reinfections in this region is now 8,013.

The total number of reinfections in New York State as a whole is 309,103.